Stalin hails Modi-Xi meet in Mahabs, says he is happy about it

DMK president and Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly, M K Stalin has welcomed the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held in Mamallapuram later this week.

“It is welcome that Modi and Xing Ping are holding their meet in Tamil Nadu. I am so happy that the Chinese President is visiting Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Stalin added: “Let the summit between the two countries shower light on the global community. Though nations are different, sky is the same. Though borders are divided, our thoughts are the same.”

The second India-China informal summit between Modi and Jinping in the coastal resort of Mamallapuram on the outskirts of Chennai is expected to give fresh momentum to bilateral ties that have been bedevilled by a string of irritants in recent weeks.

The Chinese president is expected to fly into Chennai in the afternoon of October 11, following which Modi and Xi will visit heritage temples and monuments in Mamallapuram built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. They will attend a cultural programme before Modi hosts a private dinner for Xi, both at the Shore Temple.

Days ahead of the bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, the state police have arrested Tibetan activist and writer Tenzin Tsundue and nine other activists.

According to the police, the Tibetans, including two student activists, had reportedly planned a protest during Premier Xi’s visit to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) calling for the independence of the tense region under the Chinese state.